Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
My 7 y/o son snapped this photo of me, earlier this month. Not technically perfect, but I think it captures the spirit. After all, I do lean a bit to the right, and I tend to feel out-of-focus. And a lot of people probably wish I’d keep my eyes open…. He actually did a good job with the "rule of thirds" thing....
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Vehicle - Ides Of March
Love Goes Where My Rosemary Goes - Edison Lighthouse
Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor
No Matter What - Badfinger
Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
All Right Now - Free
Thank You (falettinme be mice elf) - Sly & Family Stone
Ah, I could go on and on, but I think I've made my point.
Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. This is one of those images that missed the mark. This is one. The bright blue flowers are washed out, AND out of focus. The “Keep Out” sign is partially blocked… Root cause?? Well, I could go on about bright sun vs shade, and depth of field, and such. But it's really just sloppy and hurried. Grrrr…
Monday, June 25, 2007
Last year at this time we were on the road, headed out on Vacation. We did a swing through West Virginia, down the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a stop at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Thought I’d repost a few images from the New River Gorge area, as a reminder…
Saturday, June 23, 2007
|In 1960 (the year you were born)|
Dwight Eisenhower is president of the US
Sit-ins being after 4 black college students in North Carolina refuse to move from a deli counter when denied service
A U-2 reconnaissance plane belonging to the US is shot down in the Soviet Union
Hurricane "Donna" strikes the East Coast causing over 100 deaths in the US and the Antilles
John F. Kennedy defeats Vice President Richard Nixon in the presidential race
Cassius Clay (who later took the name Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional fight
Michael Stipe, Tony Robbins, Bono, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Jeffrey Dahmer are born
Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series
Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL championship
Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is the top grossing film
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is published
The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, Germany
The Flintstones debut
Friday, June 22, 2007
Yep, What The Duck. WTD is an on-line comic, with a photography theme. I read it every day, it is in my links list. Anyway, for all y'all friends out there in blogland: CHECK IT OUT!!
This is the grain tower that I featured Wednesday… Not likely to win any awards for esthetics in architecture, but I’m sure it performed it’s assigned tasks in it’s day. I’m not altogether satisfied with these images, but it’ll be easy enough to head back and try it again (and again, and again)….
click on image above for larger version...
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Happy summer! Just a couple of wildflowers I noticed near the parking lot along one of our bike trails.... I thought they were cool. I used a little of the Beautifier filter from RedPawMedia, as discovered over at My Viewfinder…. Thanks John!
"You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free"
Tom Petty - Wildflowers
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
There’s an old grain tower next to one of the parking lots of our wonderful bike trail network. This concrete box has been around forever, although the associated rail line has been inactive for at least 18 years. This is a detail, rendered in B&W, with a touch of sepia tone…. I need to get some of those "border" effects like JohnR uses over at "My Viewfinder"... Click HERE for a larger view.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I’ve pretty much given up on getting “portraits” of the puppies. They just can't stay still long enough for me to compose…. This is what they typically look like, rolling around the yard in seemingly mortal combat… They take turns being the agressor, though Chuck (on top here) is probably a little more dominant.
Monday, June 18, 2007
My younger daughter left this morning for her College Orientation. She’ll be a freshman at Murray State University in the fall. A major milestone, as another one gets ready to head out of “the nest”. These images are from a campus visit in February, when it was colder than it looked...
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
My son and the puppies, having a morning snuggle. We took them to our vet yesterday, to make sure they’re healthy. We got the word back today that one on ‘em has an intestinal parasite!! Doesn’t sound too bad, but he’ll have to take some pills for a few days. We’re going to go on and treat both of them, just to be certain. All part of it, ya know….
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I found this Alaskan photo in Dreamstime’s free section. It reminded me of the (business) trip I took to Alaska (Juneau & Ketchikan) back in March, 2002. Of course, I was using my super-humble Kodak DC210 back then, and had to keep it under my coat so it wouldn’t freeze up between shots! I'd love to go back and spend some time with my D70! Below is one of mine, not too bad for a snapshot!
We’re big believers in crate training, and our new puppies have taken right to it. Years ago, before I had a clue, I thought it was a horrible and cruel idea. Then I did some research, and tried it with Duke Dog, and have been sold ever since. Our new puppies were right at home, right away. We have also re-installed baby gates at the kitchen entrances, for when the pups need a bit more space, but still need to be confined.
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Meanwhile, the pups rarely slow down enough to pose, but here’s a couple of shots. First Stu, in the blue collar (Stu is Blue):
And in the green collar, Chuck:
Monday, June 11, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Meet the newest additions to our family!! Stu and Chuckie, 9 week old puppies, that we adopted today. We’ve been without pets for about 5 years now, and it just seemed that now was the time. After some research of the local rescue agencies, we settled on these 2 little brothers. They came with the names, but we decided to leave 'em as found... This isn’t the best picture, but I suspect I’ll be taking some more!
Friday, June 08, 2007
Above is my favorite image from last week’s high-school graduation. That's not my daughter, but I know she shares the sentiment. Below is mine, in the blue sash, getting her diploma. Shaking hands with her Kindergarten teacher, who is now Assistant Superintendent…
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
All Summer Long – The Beach Boys
The Door Into Summer – The Monkees
In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry
Long Hot Summer Days – John Hartford
Summer’s Day – Tesla
Summer Breeze – Seals & Crofts
Summer In The City – Lovin’ Spoonful
Summertime’s Here – Steve Gaines
Summertime Blues – The Who
This Ain’t The Summer Of Love – Blue Oyster Cult